Main Line Commodore User Group


January 2011 Issue 344






For January, we have decided to follow the format of last January's meeting and take a bit of respite from our normal presentation and run an extended roundtable instead. If there's sufficient interest, we'll also take a few moments to talk about the MicroSD card that was distributed as the club Christmas gift to all members in case there are any questions about how to use it. Also, we can discuss any questions about the Mac iChat software that was used during the December meeting and why it was chosen to enable John M to conference with us during the meeting.

The goal of the extended roundtable will be for the steering committee members to get a better insight into the computer technology leanings and related aspirations of the club?s members as trends and interests change year to year. Are you the type that just wants reliable, inexpensive access to your email and browsing? Are you afraid to make online purchases or manage other online financial transactions? Or do you do more? Do you watch videos online and need a high speed connection to download large files? Do you manage large files, keep picture or movie albums, remotely access your home computer? Are you looking for other ways to use your computer such as Internet TV? Are you tending to use many more portable digital devices

Besides the good things you do with your computer, what things about computer usage irk you? Is your computer slow to do certain things? Does it fail more often than you would like? Does it lose network connectivity too often?

Hopefully, this discussion will help the steering committee with ideas for future meetings.


1) If you are a member and did not attend the December 2010 meeting, then you likely missed out on getting one of the end of year 4GB Kingston MicroSD cards with adapters as a Christmas gift. If so, and you would like one, contact John D to make arrangements to get yours.

2) Club membership entitles you to receive a hard copy of the newsletter and access to our email list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If we can?t solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.

3) A few of the regular attendees usually partake of lunch at the Campus Corner Restaurant near the intersection of Routes 30 and 320 just off the Villanova University campus. So, after the meeting, why not join us? It?s an opportunity to get more help and to discuss our common interests.

4) Help MLCUG go ?Green?. We issue this newsletter by both electronic means through our email list server and in hardcopy format. If you find yourself not reading the hardcopy, PLEASE inform John D, the editor, so that you will only receive the electronic version.

5) It?s that time of year again ? Club Membership Renewal time. Please give your dues to our treasurer, John D, at the meeting or mail checks to his address as indicated on the back cover. Checks should be made payable to: MLCUG.


Attendance: 14 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, December 11th.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month?s meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

Main Meeting Program: As this was our Christmas party meeting, there was no big main meeting presentation. As in years past, we had raffle prizes and provided lunch. For raffle prizes, we had only a 50-50 drawing. Our sponsor, Frank M, was the winner and was gracious enough to let us roll all the proceeds back into the club treasury.

Guest of Honor We kind of had a "Guest of Honor" at our December meeting. That being John M who was traveling on business in Europe. We were able to setup a teleconference using the Mac IM software iChat. We looked at doing this with other software, but iChat using Google IM service just seemed to work the best, especially from a video quality stand point.

Members' Christmas Present Our Christmas present to all members this year was the Kingston 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card with Adapters & USB Reader Model MBLYG2/4GB. After getting my gift home I discovered this is a gift for nimble fingers & good eyes which leaves out most of our members due to age. Sorry guys.


This section contains web links related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation. LibreOffice Productivity Suite

"LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute."

For some background information on LibreOffice & its relation to OpenOffice, you might find it useful to refer to this link:




The following is excerpted from the above URL. For the complete article and details, please refer to the site.

"...what happens when you have Network Neighborhood turning up blank on you sporadically, or possibly missing several of the computers on your LAN from time to time? Well, in that case, you need to determine who is the Master Browser so that you can narrow down the problem to one computer..."

"The ?fun? way of doing this is with DOS commands. Here?s how you?d do it:

1. Open up a command prompt

2. Type net view and hit enter

3. Look at the list of computer names. These are the computers on your LAN. Note that the format is \\COMPUTER-NAME like I talked about above.

4. For each name in the list, type the following command: nbtstat -a COMPUTER-NAME

One of the results from the nbtstat commands will show a row with ?_MSBROWSE_? in it. That means that this computer is the Master Browser."

By the way, it is possible to have a workgroup with more than one master browser. Such a situation can cause network headaches.



This little command line utility is from the same URL as the previous article for determining a Windows workgroup master browser. It is a compiled script.

NOTE: I've used it successfully on 32-bit versions of XP and Vista, but it crashes the CMD prompt interface on my 64-bit Win7 computer.

What this executable script does internally is execute the following commands...

Scanning LAN...

BERT     00-18-C0-42-A3-B2   CHEESE
RHINOX   00-00-00-00-00-00   WORKGROUP   MASTER
Q        00-28-F6-68-F5-48   WORKGROUP
RADDAR   00-02-0D-74-FC-33   CHEESE
MOP      00-1B-8C-56-01-52   CHEESE      MASTER
AI       00-6A-83-6B-A0-83   WORKGROUP
Press any key to exit...

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